President Donald Trump will be the keynote speaker at the Values Voter Summit this weekend, an event held by the listed anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council.
Trump will become the first president to appear at the annual conference, which brings together far right activists, religious extremists as well as white supremacists.
The global embarrassment has spoken at the conference three times already, including last year as a presidential candidate. He’ll be returning to speak tomorrow morning (October 13) during the opening ceremony of the three-day conference.
The Family Research Council were classed as a hate group in 2010 by the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to LGBT rights group GLAAD, the group’s leader, Tony Perkins, has previously claimed that paedophilia is a “gay problem”, and compared being gay to using drugs.
In a statement, Perkins said: “Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America’s mission first and respects the values that made America into a great nation.”
“Values voters are coming to our nation’s capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on. Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment.”
According to the Washington Blade, Perkins also praised Trump’s actions since taking office, including the recent ‘religious freedom’ guidance the Department of Justice issued.
He said: “President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty and the follow up actions last week by HHS and DOJ, demonstrate that he is committed to undoing the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and restoring true religious freedom.”
Other speakers to attend the event include Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson along with Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, and Roy Moore.